Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 11 times today

The Cup Cafe

4.5
588 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • People Watching
The Cup Cafe is an established downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, creative and eclectic fare, alive with flavor. A full-service, historic modern bistro, The Cup Cafe appeals to locals and visitors alike.

Enjoy the variety of The Cup’s three menus and the fresh, delectable and ever-changing daily features. Selections include build-your-own omelets, unique salads, great appetizers, full-coursed entrees, creative and classic sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

The Cup also proudly features impeccable homemade desserts, baked in-house, as well as a comfortable outdoor patio, full-service bar, smart signature cocktails and intriguing wine selections.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary American
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(520) 798-1618
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Justin Murdock
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private party facilities
The Copper Hall is the premier event facility at the Hotel Congress. It combines modern flare with classic elegance. From holiday parties, to mixers, to weddings, we are more than happy to help organize your next event.

Other locations at Hotel Congress and Maynards Market and Kitchen are available as well. Please inquire for more information.

Weddings

The Copper Hall is the perfect location for wedding ceremonies and receptions, combining classic elegance with a downtown vibe. The room is the ideal size for an intimate affair amongst friends and family. Dance the night away beneath wrought iron chandeliers as the copper walls glow.

Conference Dinners

Welcome your conference guests to town with dinner in one of Tucson's landmarks. We can provide it all- gourmet meals, bar service and a built in speaker system.

Holiday Parties

Celebrate your holidays with Hotel Congress! The Copper Hall can host your business or family holiday party.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Melissa Matriss: (520) 622-8848 ext. 201
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
5th Ave.
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
We offer free parking to our dining guests in our hotel parking lot Sunday through Thursday. Other options include valet parking across at Maynard's Market and Kitchen Friday and Saturday evening for only $5, Street metered parking is available, and the 5th Street Parking garage located on 5th Street directly across from the Hotel Congress is another option.
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Entertainment
Entertainment on the patio or in the nearby club on most nights.

Reservation Confirmation Message Thank you for choosing The Cup Cafe. We will be happy to hold your reservation for 15 minutes past the requested time. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 588 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Amazing flavorful vegan options and the staff is always so friendly

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 4 days ago

After all the check marks I made for recommendations, anything else would be redundant. Seriously, Cups is central to Downtown Tucson. It has it all, great food, service and ambiance. We're locals and will definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 6 days ago

We always go and just have breakfast there this is the first time we had dinner and it is very very good I had the Scottish salmon my son had the burger my wife had the Ahi tuna salad and my daughter the carne asada nachos and we all loved everything we ordered very good service we will be back for sure for dinner

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food and ambience, especially to bring out of town visitors. Love the Depot Salad.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were a party of two couples. Everyone loved the food-both appetizers and dinner. Wonderful service from Lauren-may have been our best service EVER. Good drinks. Noise level was excessive by 8pm. Not a quiet place for a romantic date. Tables are close together. This place is definitely in our top 5 favorites in Tucson.
We had:
Pork schnitzel
Ribs with Mac and cheese
Salmon and rice
Chicken with gnocchi
We loved them all and look forward to returning soon.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I’ve been coming to the Cup for years. The current menu is the least interesting ever. Happy hour is for drinks not food which was disappointing also. The staff were friendly and accommodating, per usual, which was nice to see hadn’t changed. We were not able to get the dessert we wanted, which was Banana Cream Pie. It has been a favorite for years but the last few years it’s never available. Every time they say “We have Coconut Creme”..like they are similar?? They are not. I assume they have lost the baker who years ago made their fabulous Banana Cream Pie. I will certainly go back to the Cup in anticipation that perhaps the menu will be more interesting next time..like it has been in the past. And the Happy Hour menu will be more fun than a $9 hamburger, or bread with pesto and / or oil with a bit of vinegar that had no flavor. Please do better..you are an old favorite place to eat, and I would like to continue having great meals down there.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Cup Cafe is located in the Hotel Congress, which is almost a century old & could probably use an update & renovation, though it is quaint; and worth a visit just to look around. Though many tables & servers were available when we arrived, we were told by the hostess that we needed to wait to be seated & directed to the bar. We had planned to order drinks in any case so we didn't mind that, but it seemed a bit obvious that it was just an effort to get us to patronize the bar. We started with some barrio bread, which was very good but ought to be served as a normal bread service with every meal rather than as an appetizer one needs to purchase. My wife's beef dish was very good as was my pesto pasta with chicken (though very rich & filling). Portions are generous though that meant we were too full to try a dessert (which looked appealing). The service was excellent. There is outdoor seating & many options on the menu. It is worth a try.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Usually love this place, but the hotel had an event going on outside the restaurant. It was so loud and intrusive is spoiled a nice dinner. The waitress got our order wrong (probably couldn't hear right).

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Always great. Be sure to try the Ghost Orchid cocktail. And the fish tacos are delicious.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was a wonderful first visit and I plan to return again and again.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

A little too noisy outdoors for conversation (musicians' volume seems to demand attention or drown out talking rather than being comfortably quiet in the background to enable conversation)

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I asked for an outside table, but was told that it would be 30 minute wait despite the fact that there were multiple open tables outside. We were seated inside and noticed that the same outside tables remained open the entire time that we dined inside. They will not seat two people at a four top table and would prefer to leave it open instead of accommodating the guests wishes. The receptionist was rather rude. Food was good

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

A favorite since I moved to Tucson in '96. The cocktail menu is terrific. I tried the handsome Harry and then I tried three. From the phone to the table, everyone was friendly and professional. Food is great. Lots of happy diners. I love the Cup.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Four of us had an early evening easter dinner at Yhe Cup. It was an excellent experience. We booked a table on the patio. The food wine and service were very good. We were having such a good time, the waitress had to tell us after 3.5 hours that our table was needed for another reservation. Good thing. We might still be there. We’ll definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great we had a wonderful time

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Upbeat and fun. Food was good with nice selection of beer.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Good food - great service! Fine Malbec offered! Where to buy in Tucson?! "Surry"/hostess was very accommodating! Rating s/b be 4.5!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I had such high expectations since all I heard about this place was great. we were seated in kind of end of a booth so thankfully both of us, on that side of the table, were small enough to fit; Personally, I like have a little space around me..... Also, it was very noisy and I thought no ambiance . We started with the fries - that were wonderful!!! I split a salad (some of tomatoes not ripe so too firm) and the ribs with my friend. They were ok, nothing to write home about, and not very meaty. The mac and cheese though was too die for ! Another person got their soup of the day and he said it was ok - but kind of flavorless, lacking spices. He ordered fish tacos which were very good (and that seemed to be a good deal) We did get a desert - one of the "lighter" ones - which was quite good. Oh - the bread is from a local baker and is wonderful - you pay extra for this. I expected that everything would be wonderful so was disappointed with many things being mediocre .

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Staff is very friendly. Great service. Sorry that they ran out of salmon but food was very good

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The menu was varied, food was high quality, presentation was lovely and the service was excellent. Great location in downtown Tucson, steps away from the train station. My breakfast quiche was enough for 2 or 3 servings and the extras on the plate made the meal super!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Unfortunate, the chocolate pudding cup is not the same. There is no dark chocolate at the bottom and the pudding tastes as if it were out of a box.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great outdoor dining with fantastic foods, amazing desserts, and attentive service, all in a historic and very memorable old hotel atmosphere!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I thought service was off the night we celebrated our 22nd anniversary. Waitress admitted to running a little late but the service was too slow for my tastes. I expect when I spending close to $20 a meal to have service that is prompt. The meals overall were good and the coconut cream pie was to die for.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our server Taylor went above and beyond to make sure we had a fantastic meal when I came in with my family for my birthday. Cup Cafe never disappoints, highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

it was a Friday night and was too noisy. food was delicious. will be back but not on a Friday night.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Wonderful! My salad and entree were delicious and the kahlua mousse cake to die for!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The Cup Cafe is a great spot for a meat & a cocktail or two before a show at the Railto Theater, just across the street. The cocktails are imaginative, tasty and reasonable priced. The Rancho Notorius , on their hand-crafted cocktail menu, with a Vida mezcal base was like an infusion of the Southwest. The Heartbreaker was a great sampler to get things started and we chose to the chicken & gnocchi and Scottish salmon as our entreées - delicious!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I brought my sister, who had never visited Tucson, to one of my favorite restaurants, Cup Cafe, and nobody was disappointed! She had the Nicoise Salad and loved it. My husband and I both had the special...crawfish, clams, shrimp and cheese and spinach ravioli with an excellent, spicy blackened garlic sauce. Delicious!!! So good, in fact, that my sister had some of mine too. Service was great as usual and the "street cafe" ambiance outdoors is just cool!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We had wonderful food and EXCELLENT service from Celeste.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Skip the beef bourginon. Tough, boiled beef. lackluster flavor. Also Thai Seafood Stew was disappointing. Couldn't tell it was a Thai stew. Dishes on other tables looked good!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great food and very good service. It was busy the evening we were there, but our servers never rushed us.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Best in Tucson. Great desserts! Excellent meals. Very pleasant service

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great wine, great food and great service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The Thai fisherman’s stew was delicious (pictured). Service was excellent, our server, Taylor, did a fabulous job with recommendations, timeliness, and her friendly manner.
We had a table by a door to the outside patio on an unseasonably cool Tucson night. There was frequent traffic through the door and to tell you the try the, I almost asked for a table change, but heck, we’re from Montana. I think eating out on the patio would be great on other, more seasonably normal evenings. Mornings, too, outside would be great as their breakfast menu is amazing.
We came back for Sunday breakfast, around 0830, and waited 15 min to be seated. After 0900, expect a longer wait, but be prepared to enjoy some great food.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I have been trying to dine at the Cup Cafe over the past four years, when I would come to visit my daughter at school. It's always been packed. I planned ahead this time and made a reservation. Great cocktails and wine list. Food was delicious, fun menu!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Old favorite. Always delightful.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

We had one night in Tucson on our x country trip. The Cup Cafe was recommended by a friend. It was definitely worth the trip. The Happy Hour lasts till 7! We had appetizers rather than a meal all were delicious. I highly recommend the chorizo filled dates rolled in bacon. The salad was also good. We did take a slice of key lime pie back to the hotel. It was big enough to share and a perfect balance of tart to sweet.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Top notch! Great happy hour! Food is outstanding! We are going back!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

I adore the Cup Cafe and enjoyed a lovely meal there before a concert across the street at the Rialto. I love all of the locally-sourced menu items (we always get Barrio bread as a starter) and the thoughtfully-curated wine and beer lists, not to mention the amazing craft cocktails. On this particular visit, my partner ordered the ribeye special, which was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I ordered my favorite dish, the Depot Salad. (The cherry tomatoes were especially crisp, flavorful, and satisfying to eat!)

As always, the service was prompt, attentive, and professional, in spite of the fact that it was clearly a busy evening. The only drawback was the grouchy couple seated at the table next to us who couldn't seem to find a single thing to like about their meal -- but that's not the Cup Cafe's fault! Some people just love to be critical. (I noticed that even though the woman loudly pronounced their food as "just ok" to their server, they'd still somehow managed to eat every bite. Passive-aggressive much?)

As for me and my partner, we're looking forward to many more wonderful meals at the Cup Cafe!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We started the evening being seated inside, but it was so loud we could not have a
conversation. The table outside was much better, but smoking is allowed on the
patio, and that was not comfortable.

The food was fantastic! Artichoke bisque, seared tuna. My husband had the Thai fish
stew, cooked to perfection. We will be back with visitors next month. We love being
able to dine outside, so will ask to be seated away from smokers.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
15